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Academic Update

Volume 12, Issue 8
April 28, 2022

SBMI Bragging Points 

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments. We want to recognize and applaud their endeavors.

  • A team from SBMI won second place in the recent LitCoin Natural Language Processing (NLP) Challenge. The competition was hosted by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Ten members of the SBMI Community, including faculty, students, researchers, and alumni, have a new paper that was published in the Lancet Digital Health, recently.
  • Assistant Professor Deevakar Rogith, MBBS, PhD will present at the AMIA 2022 Clinical Informatics Conference in Houston on May 25. Dr. Rogith is presenting on behalf of a team of SBMI researchers. The presentation is part of AMIA’s 2022 Artificial Intelligence Evaluation Showcase and the project is titled “Usability and workflow considerations for the implementation of deep learning models at the point of care to predict COVID-19 outcomes.”
    • The research was a collaboration between SBMI’s Center for Digital Health and Analytics (DHA), led by Amy Franklin, PhD and Center for Artificial Intelligence and Genome Informatics (AIGI), led by Degui Zhi, PhD.

Poster Session for Spring 2022

SBMI’s spring 2022 Poster Session will take place on campus on Monday, May 2 at 4:30 PM (CDT). The Office of Academic Affairs is hosting this live event in a hybrid format. While most students will participate on campus (in SBMI classrooms on the 6th floor of 7000 Fannin Street), a small percentage will use a virtual platform for presenting.

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We invite the SBMI Community to join us on campus for the first in-person poster session since 2019. Please contact the Office of Academic Affairs if you have questions about the event.

SBMI Accepting Competitive Scholarship Applications

SBMI has scholarship funds currently available and the Office of Academic Affairs is currently accepting applications for summer 2022 semester scholarships.

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All SBMI students, both new and returning, are eligible to apply. Applicants must also be in good academic standing and enrolled for summer 2022 courses in SBMI’s certificate, masters, PhD or DHI program.

Submit Application

Click here to submit the SBMI Scholarship Application. Please note that all submissions must be submitted in Qualtrics. No email submissions will be accepted.

The application deadline is Sunday, May 1, 2022 at 11:59 PM (CDT). If you have questions, please send an email to [email protected] or call 713.500.3591.

Heroes Helpline Aids Healthcare Workers

UTHealth Houston’s Center for Health Systems Analytics is operating a 24/7 free and confidential helpline for all healthcare workers, first responders, and their families in Texas who have been impacted by COVID-19. Healthcare workers, including allied health students and professionals, and first responders are our heroes. The helpline is here to help our heroes and their families who have been experiencing an unprecedented level of stress and anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Please call the Heroes Helpline at 833-367-4689 to speak with trained staff who will guide you to mental health support resources in your area.

SGO Election Reminder

SGO Elections for 2022-2023 are currently open and the Office of Academic Affairs would like to encourage all interested students, who meet the criteria, to run for a position.

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To apply, please complete the survey here by May 15, 2022. We highly recommend that students review the application early. Please note the requirement of a 90-second video and plan accordingly.

Apply for SGO


  • Professor Dean Sittig, PhD, was quoted by Healthcare Finance when he discussed the importance of involving clinicians in safety assessments of electronic health records.
  • SBMI's partnership with Texas A&M International University's Public Health program was highlighted in a Laredo Morning Times article earlier this month.
Professor Dean Sittig, PhD


Save the Date

April 28 SBMI Innovation and Commercialization Seminar (Hybrid) E-680 Class Room &, 12 PM CDT
May 2 SBMI Spring 2022 Poster Session (Hybrid) 6th floor of
7000 Fannin Street in SBMI Classrooms & online, 4:30 PM CDT
May 13 Commencement Ceremony for SBMI Graduates
Minute Maid Park, 4 PM CDT
Ticket is required to attend but a livestream will be available.

Important Dates

April 29 Last class day for spring 2022
April 29 Deadline for Removal of Incomplete Grades for fall 2021
May 2 SBMI Spring 2022 Poster Session
May 2-6 Final Exams/Evaluations
May 10 Faculty - Grades due in Campus Solutions
May 13 Commencement Ceremony (Joint event with GSBS and McGovern Medical School)
May 13 Tuition & fees due for summer 2022
May 13 Regular registration for summer 2022 closes in myUTH
May 15 Late fee payment - $25 Late Fee is assessed
May 16 First class day for summer 2022 courses
May 16-19 Add/Drop & Late Registration open for summer 2022 in myUTH